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Trivia: Big Time Rush
  • Actor Allusion: Buddha Bob is the good-natured janitor who also gets to be the boys' mentor figure time by time. With a proper haircut and shave, he will remind anyone of another janitor from Polk Middle School.
    • In "Big Time Wedding", the man from immigration headquarters removes his glasses in a familiar fashion (like a certain Vice Principal...) He even persecutes the same janitor character like he did in their previous show.
    • Carlie Casey, who played Missy on Ned, plays Mercedes, a character very similar to her previous role.
    • In "Big Time Video", Marcos the photographer berates the boys that their video was horrible, saying "My dead chihuahua could do better!" Carlos Alazraqui (who plays Marcos) voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua that died in 2009. The episode aired mid-2010.
    • "Bel Air Rush" features Alfonso Ribeiro as the head of Bel-Air's neighborhood watch committee... Carlton Banks.
    • In "Big Time Cartoon", Daran Norris, who portrays Buddha Bob also portrayed Cosmo in The Fairly Oddparents. When Buddha Bob is hit and starts thinking he's Cosmo, he slips into the voice he uses for Cosmo.
    • In "Big Time Dreams" Alexa Vega is a Shy Spy
    • Chips' two leads play unrelated characters. Erik Estrada is Carlos' dad, and Robert Pine plays an old man on the beach in "Big Time Beach Party."
    • Lucy's middle name is Elizabeth, which is Malese Jow's first name.
  • Contractual Purity: Expected since they're on Nickelodeon.
  • The Danza: Kendall is played by Kendall Schmidt, Logan by Logan Henderson, Carlos by Carlos Pena, and James by James Maslow.
  • Dawson Casting: The guys are about 3-4 years older than the standard sophomore/junior high school age, as is Erin Sanders who plays Camille.
    • Surprisingly, Ciara Bravo who plays Katie. She's fourteen-sixteen over the course of the show, but she's playing a 12-13 year old the entire time.
  • Dueling Shows: Disney XD's I'm In The Band.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Craig Feldspar from Malcolm in the Middle as Mr. Bitters, the hotel manager.
    • In "Big Time School of Rocque" Tara Strong, Dee Bradley Baker and pro-wrestler Chris Masters star as teachers.
    • In "Big Time Love Song" Lorenzo Lamas plays the doctor.
    • In "Big Time Break", Erik Estrada is Carlos' dad.
    • In "Big Time Beach Party," Robert Pine (C Hi P's Sgt. Joseph Getraer) was J.D.
    • Daran Norris as the Maintenance Man.
    • Quinn as Camille.
    • Missy as Griffin's daughter Mercedes.
    • Let's just get this out there: Half the people who have been on Ned's Declassified are on this show.
      • Including Carlos, who played the Spelling Bee champ.
      • And now Vice Principle Crubbs as a Secret Agent.
      • Lucy's Dad was Mr. Dren, the nerdy math teacher.
      • Mr. Kwest is now a therapist.
      • Fabio also appared in both shows at one point.
      • Birsy, the Alpha Bitch on Ned's Declassified season 1, was one of the Jennifers before she got replaced.
      • Who thought that Ms. Enstile, the Spanish teacher, would become Selana's manager?
    • Phil LaMarr as Gustavo's rival, Hawk.
    • Tara Strong as Miss Collins.
    • Geena is Lucy Stone.
    • Crista Flanagan guest-starred as the frazzled producer in "Big Time Live".
    • Miranda Cosgrove guest stars as herself in the Christmas episode, along with Fabio and sings a duet with the boys.
    • Snoop Dogg also guest starred as himself in the Christmas episode.
    • James also appeared in an episode of iCarly as Freddie's AV Club mate who was pined after by Sam and Carly.
    • Carlos Alazraqui as Marcos del Posey, who directs "Big Time Video".
    • Liz Gillies is Heather Fox, Carlos' camp crush in "Big Time Secrets. It's a bit strange seeing her playing someone so nice.
    • Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) appears in the Bel Air episode.
    • Rob Paulsen as Sam Selmart
    • For cartoon fans, Butch Hartman (creator of The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom and Tuff Puppy ) shows up in Big Time Cartoons as the one pitching the Animated Adaptation to the boys.
    • Anna is now alive and living near the boys.
    • Victoria Justice opens up for the guys in Big Time Tour Bus.
      • The Original Jennifer #2 was the girl that Stefan almost ate at the Miss Mystic pageant.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Spain gets it good, being based in Madrid. Logan is Ed Elric, Carlos is Ash Ketchum, and James is Ferb.
  • The Other Darrin: Spencer Locke was replaced by Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2 (the blonde one) when the former was filming Resident Evil: Afterlife. While Locke whould return for the Jennifer role and Goss gets another background character role, the positions were reversed for the second half of Season 2.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Reality Subtext: "Big Time Invasion" is about One Direction and The Wanted becoming popular in America and sending BTR plummeting. While BTR may not be as massive in real life as they are in the series., One Direction indeed played a part in their decline. Averted with The Wanted; they are portrayed as equally popular to One Direction in the episode when in real life they are anything but. They aren't as popular as the real-world BTR in the U.S., let alone the fictional band.
  • Romance on the Set: It's rumored that the actors who play Kendall (Kendall Schmidt) and Jo (Katelyn Tarver) went on a date in Real Life but decided that they were Better as Friends.
    • It's so adorable! They have the same birthday, November 2. But Katelyn is a year older.
    • Real-Life Relative: Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena married after the series.
  • Screwed by the Network: Nickelodeon's ratings during the end of 2011 were declining, pulling this show's ratings down because of their inconsistent scheduling. Fans were expecting the third season to be their final season; it was a surprise when it was renewed for a fourth season.
    • There is a perception that Nickelodeon is neglecting the show and the band to focus on One Direction, angering both BTR fans and One Direction fans. Although the Nick-1D relationship never really went anywhere, BTR still was on the losing side because the British boy band would go on to become far more popular than their American counterparts.
      • Ironically enough, one of the later episodes, Big Time Invasion revolved around the competition of British and American boy bands. Coincidence? See Reality Subtext above.
  • What Could Have Been/The Other Marty/The Pete Best: Kendall wasn't originally a character in the show, instead another character Curt, played by Curt Hansen (who would later go on to play a parody of Zac Efron on the show, Dak Zevon), was the lead singer and protagonist of the show. Hansen only appeared as "Curt" in the unaired pilot. Then he was later replaced by Kendall Schmidt, because he (Hansen) sounded too much like James, looked a bit too old, and didn't "click" as well with the other three, so the pilot was reshot.

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